Our take on the Yamaha R-S201 by Crutchfield's David Brown
The easy answer for your stereo speakers
If you need a simple receiver for your stereo speakers, the Yamaha R-S201 is a great entry-level option. Connect up to four sources and two pairs of speakers. Front-panel tone controls let you adjust bass and treble response. Tune in AM/FM stations and store up to 40 presets. Yamaha's decades of audio expertise ensures this budget-priced receiver makes the most of its no-frills design, for clear, natural sound.
- 100 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (40-20,000 Hz) at 0.2% THD
- 4 stereo RCA audio inputs
- RCA output for audio dubbing
- 40 AM/FM presets with station naming
- front-panel bass and treble controls
- front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
- 2 sets of spring-clip speaker connectors
- full-size (1/4") headphone jack
- sleep timer
- remote control
- 17-1/8"W x 5-9/16"H x 13-9/16"D
- weight: 14.8 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Stereo receiver
- Wireless remote control (RAX30)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
- Owner's manual
- Warranty information
- On-line product registration information
- Yamaha Worldwide contact information
My new Yamaha receiver fits my need perfectly to run my outdoor speakers
James B, Ringling, OK
Features and Specs
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||100|
|THD in Stereo||0.2 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||40-20k Hz|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||100dB|
|Phono Signal to Noise Ratio||Not Given|
|Wired or Wireless Network||No|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|Total Number of Zones||1|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Total Audio Inputs||4|
|Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Speaker Output Pairs||2|
100 Watt x 2 Channel Amplifier: The Yamaha R-S201 stereo receiver employs a 100-watt x 2-channel (40-20kHz, 8-ohms, 0.2% THD) high-drive amplifier with a high sound quality design that minimizes the length of signal routes and optimizes the circuit layout. Yamaha positioned the power transformer near the power amp circuit to reduce power loss, while improving peak power supply capacity to enable high volume output. The signal ground and power supply ground are connected at one point, eliminating mutual interference to achieve a higher S/N ratio. The result is sound filled with clarity and a feeling of openness.
Analog Inputs/Output: The Yamaha R-S201 features four analog stereo RCA inputs to connect up to four audio components, and a single stereo RCA record output to connect to a CD-recorder or other recording device.
AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha R-S201 stereo receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. The R-S201 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. Auto preset lets you automatically search for and register FM stations that can be received in your area. An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.
A & B Speaker Terminals: The R-S201 is fitted with A & B speaker terminals so you can power up to two pair of speakers. The speaker selector switch on the front-panel of the receiver makes it easy to switch between speaker outputs, allowing you to hear the sound from one speaker pair (A or B) or from both speaker pairs (A+B). In addition, compatible speakers can be bi-wired using the A & B speaker terminals simultaneously (they are wired in parallel). The eight spring-clip speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 12AWG) and pin-connectors.
|Speaker Connection||Speaker Impedance|
|Speakers A or B||8-ohm or higher|
|Speakers A and B||16-ohm or higher|
|Bi-wiring||8-ohm or higher|
Headphone Jack: The stereo receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker output is not muted, so remember to turn the A and B speakers off.
Tone Control: The Yamaha R-S201 offers Bass, Treble, and Balance adjustment. Bass & Treble can be adjusted independently from -10dB to + 10dB. Balance can be set between Left+10 and Right+10.
Max/Initial Volume: You can set the maximum volume level of the receiver so that its volume will not be accidentally increased above a certain level (01-99, Max). Use the Initial Volume feature to specify the volume level when the receiver's power is turned on. You can select 01-99, Max, Mute, or Off. When "Off" is selected, the volume level used when the receiver was turned off will be applied.
IR Remote: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation of the stereo receiver and a connected Yamaha CD receiver.
Sleep Timer: Use the Sleep timer to automatically set this unit to standby mode after a certain amount of time (30/60/90/120 mins). The sleep timer is useful when you are going to sleep while listening to the receiver.
Power Management: A power management function automatically cuts off the power (switches to standby mode) when the receiver has not been operated for a long time. It can be set to two, four, eight or 12 hours, or off. In addition, power consumption during standby is only 0.5 W, achieving good energy saving performance.
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